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Miriam Chaum is Uber’s Head of Public Policy for Self-Driving Cars. In this role, she works closely with Uber’s local policy teams and Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group to advance policies that promote the safe development and deployment of automated vehicles. Miriam has worked for ten years on a range of social and environmental policy issues for the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the U.S. and abroad. Miriam joined Uber in 2018 from an education technology start-up, where she lead organizational strategy and planning and designed and built out the organization’s analytics and performance measurement program. Miriam previously worked as public sector consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and as a senior policy advisor to central government in New Zealand. Miriam holds a BA in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Sessions

  • June 10: How to integrate fleets of shared autonomous vehicles with public transport

    Uber as a platform: Shared, self-driving fleets in partnership with transit

    At Uber, we believe the best way to harness the power of self-driving technology is to deploy it in managed fleets of shared vehicles. This approach improves access to technology which is otherwise prohibitively expensive for personal ownership, encourages a shift away from private car ownership, and manages the risk of increased VMTs and related sprawl, congestion, and environmental impacts. Policies and public services that encourage sharing, including robust mass transit systems, will be important to realizing the potential benefits of automation. Introducing self-driving technology to the Uber network will enhance Uber’s efforts to extend the reach of public transit by reducing operational costs, bridging first/last mile gaps in areas typically underserved by transit systems, and surfacing and facilitating purchase of transit routing options in the Uber app.
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